Title: Defending Jacob
Author: William Landay
Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2012
Summary/Review: Andy Barber has been a well-respected assistant district attorney in Massachusetts for many years until his 14-year-old son Jacob is accused of killing former classmate Ben Rifkin. As the community presumes Jacob’s guilt before the trial starts, Andy and his wife, Laurie, struggle internally and externally to maintain their son’s innocence. Even after evidence points toward his son, Andy sticks to his belief that the neighborhood pedophile is responsible for this murder.
As the story unfolds, it brings up many questions, such as how well do parents know their own child, how far would they go to protect him, what role do genes and family history play in influencing an individual’s destiny, and do childhood actions indicate future behavior?
Defending Jacob is a compelling novel with a shocking ending. Once you start it, you can’t put it down.
Who will like this book?: Someone who is interested in crime dramas but who is more interested in the psychology of crimes and the criminal mind. Someone who is interested in
family bonds and how far someone will go to protect them.
If you like this, try this: If you’re interested in novels about the criminal mind, try “Hannibal” or “Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris, which both focus on the question of mental insanity. If you would like a newer novel that focuses on criminal minds, try any Chelsea Cain book.
If you are more interested in the suspense/thriller aspect, try Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” or the popular Stieg Larsson novels. Michael Connelly and John Grisham are also well-known for their legal thrillers.
If you’re interested in this book, visit the Fairfield Public Library catalog to check availability and place a hold! [Link will open in a new window]
Finally, this isn’t William Landay’s first book- his historical novel is focused on the Boston Strangler, entitled “the Strangler”, and he also writes other fiction such as “Mission Flats”.
Recommended by: Sharyn, Circulation Assistant